Rapper Remy Ma Arrested In Connection With NYC Shooting

Rapper Remy Ma (formerly known as Remy Martin) was arrested Saturday on charges of attempted murder in a shooting outside a trendy Manhattan nightspot, police said.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, had been sought for questioning in the shooting of a 23-year-old woman early Saturday July 14th at 3:14am after a verbal dispute near Pizza Bar on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue on the Chelsea/West Village border near the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. She turned herself in to police on Saturday evening and was also arrested on additional charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said.

Remy Ma's attorney was with the rapper as she reported to police."I ask everyone to keep an open mind," her attorney Scott Leemon said. "Things are not always as they seem." He said an arraignment would be likely be held on Sunday. A 911 call reporting gunfire led police to a woman with a gunshot wound. Three blocks away, officers discovered a luxury Cadillac Escalade SUV owned by Remy Ma; the vehicle had been involved in a single-car crash and abandoned, police said.

The victim, 23 year-old Makeda Barnes-Joseph, is in stable condition at a undisclosed medical facility in NYC. Sasha Tcherekoff, owner of the Pizza Bar, said a review of security videotape taken inside his nightspot showed the rapper and her friends having a good time before they exited. "The police have indicated to us that the altercation happened a block away," the owner said. "The security tapes determined there was no physical or verbal altercation while they were in the Pizza Bar."

Remy Ma was nominated for a Grammy as part of the Terror Squad for the 2004 summer hit song "Lean Back." She also earned the "Best Female Hip Hop" award at the 2005 BET Awards. She went on to a solo career, releasing last year's "There's Something About Remy", which featured the hit singles "Conceited" and "Feels So Good" which featured singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. She has appeared on recordings with best-selling performers including Fat Joe, Eminem and R. Kelly, according to a biography on her Web site. She has since parted ways with Terror Squad and release a diss song directed at Terror Squad's leader, rapper Fat Joe.